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October 9, 2003 - 7:00pm


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.'

(Name) of (Hometown) served on the (Committee) committee.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three gifts totaling $350,000 from area donors are bringing UNI's McLeod Center closer to completion.

Peterson Contractors Incorporated (PCI) of Reinbeck, and its employees, donated $150,000. 'We know the McLeod Center will be a great asset that will serve several generations of students and provide opportunities to those of us who work and live in the Cedar Valley,' said PCI President Cordell Peterson.

Standard Golf Company, and owners Peter and Marilyn Voorhees of Cedar Falls, made a gift of $100,000. Peter Voorhees is past president of the UNI Athletic Club and a former UNI Foundation trustee. He and his wife, Marilyn, are UNI graduates. 'When you look at what facilities like the Curris Business Building and the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center have meant to those programs, you realize that facilities count. The McLeod Center is the final piece needed to upgrade the UNI athletic program, a process that began 30 years ago when the UNI-Dome was built and UNI moved to the NCAA Division I level,' said Voorhees.

The project also received a pledge of $100,000 from The Doerfer Companies of Cedar Falls. Doerfer President Dave Takes is a 1981 UNI graduate and serves on the UNI Foundation's 'Students First' campaign committee. 'The Doerfer Companies are pleased to make this gift to UNI, an entity that contributes so much to the quality of life in the area,' said Takes.

The McLeod Center, a multi-purpose sports, entertainment and events facility, will be part of the university's west-campus complex. The center will be the home of Panther basketball and volleyball. In addition, it will host numerous community events including craft and trade shows and youth activities, ranging from state and national tournaments to camps.

The university is in its final push to complete fundraising for the McLeod Center. Nearly $16 million of the $18 million goal has been raised, $9 million of it from the Cedar Valley. 'Our target is to reach the $18 million mark this fall so we can begin construction soon,' said Bill Calhoun, UNI Foundation president.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Department of Public Safety will be recognized for its effective approach to gender-based violence on campus at the ITT Industries Night Vision/International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference in Philadelphia, Pa., on Oct. 25. The award recognizes outstanding community policing practices by agencies representing jurisdictions of all sizes. Five winners and 10 finalists were selected from more than 94 entries representing communities and agencies around the world.

'We share this award with the UNI campus and the metropolitan community,' said Dave Zarifis, director of UNI's Department of Public Safety. 'Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive, damaging and long-lasting crimes in our nation. This effort has received considerable university and community support and the partnerships that have evolved from this have been invaluable.'

UNI established a successful campus-wide effort in 2000 to address gender-based violence. This effort involved law enforcement, community service providers, sexual assault specialists and academic staff. Since the program began, the university has developed a number of initiatives including peer support projects, staff training, self-defense programs, and collaborations with the metropolitan community.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios' (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), will open the Fall 2003 Spanish film festival series, presented by UNI's Department of Modern Languages and Sigma Delta Pi Spanish honor society, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1.

The film is the first of five from Oscar-award-winning Spanish director Pedro Almodovar to be shown every Wednesday in October in the Communication Arts Center (CAC) Room 108, at 7 p.m. Films in the series will include: '!Atame!' (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!), 'Carne tremula' (Live Flesh), 'Todo sobre mi madre' (All About My Mother), and 'Hable con ella' (Talk to Her).

All films will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles. A short introduction and discussion will precede each film. The series is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jennifer Cooley, assistant professor of modern languages, at, (319) 273-3897.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For the 11th consecutive year, the University of Northern Iowa Controller's Office has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada for the quality of its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the year ended June 30, 2002.

The award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, according to Stephen Gauthier of the GFOA. UNI was one of only eight public four-year universities in the nation, and the only one in Iowa, to receive the award.

Gary B. Shontz, UNI controller and university secretary/treasurer, credited the team effort of the accounting section of his office for winning the award. Those people working towards the award, in addition to Shontz, were Bruce Reiks, assistant controller and chief accountant; Denise Bouska, accounting manager/financial reporting; and Tonya Gerbracht, and Vince Heuer, both staff accountants.

Gauthier said the CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive 'spirit of full disclosure' to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association, serving approximately 14,000 government finance professionals, with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

September 24, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of the University of Northern Iowa's Prairie Preserve, will take place Saturday, Sept. 27, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the rotunda of UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE). Those who played a major role in the establishment of the prairie and the founding and development of the UNI Biological Preserves System will be recognized.

Those to be honored include: Ben Clausen and Virgil Dowell, UNI emeritus professors of biology; Daryl Smith, professor of biology and director of UNI's Native Roadside Vegetation Center; Paul Whitson, UNI professor of biology; Ron Camarata, manager of the UNI Biological Botanical Center/Preserves; and former staff members John Volker, now with the Design Ranch in Iowa City, and Pauline Drobney, now a refuge biologist with the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Prairie City. Also recognized posthumously will be Larry Eilers, former UNI biology professor, and long-time area nurseryman, Arnold Webster.

Jean Gerrath, professor of biology and chair of the Biological Preserves Committee, will open the recognition ceremony and UNI President Robert Koob will present the awards. Whitson will talk briefly on the founding of the preserves; Smith will discuss the reconstruction of the prairie; and Laura Jackson, professor of biology, will explain current use of the preserves.

Following the recognition ceremony, tours of the prairie, located near the CEEE, will be offered, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., leaving every half hour from the CEEE rotunda. A plant sale, exhibits and children's activities, including face-painting, will take place throughout the celebration.

UNI's Biological Preserves System includes four on-campus preserves; the University Avenue Preserve at University Avenue and Tremont Street; and two off-campus sites, the Matala Preserve in northwest Cedar Falls, and the Clay Prairie Preserve in Butler County.

Planning for the campus tallgrass prairie began when Smith received a 1972 summer fellowship. Actual restoration work began in May 1973, with establishment of the prairie. During the '80s, more plant varieties were added to the prairie, and much of the '90s was a management and maintenance phase. Since 1998, students and faculty have been continuing management and conducting research on the site.

The Biological Preserves Committee grew out of a Department of Biology task force, first appointed in 1970, that established a four-point program for the system -- preservation, reconstruction, research and education. In keeping with its educational goals, the preserves system was designed to be an outdoor teaching laboratory and now serves some 25 biology classes, with 700-1,000 UNI students, annually. The preserves also are used by art, earth science and capstone classes and students from other academic disciplines, as well as by area schools.

Members of the Student Nature Society will lead tours and assist with Saturday's events.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In an effort to bring more attention to the need for civics and civic engagement of youth, the Congressional Conference on Civic Education convened in Washington, D. C., Sept. 20-22, sponsored by the Alliance for Representative Democracy, and with support from the joint leadership of Congress.

Representing the State of Iowa were: Jason Follett, delegation facilitator and a teacher at Perry High School; State Sen. Nancy Boettger of Harlan, chair of the Senate Education Committee; Iowa Secretary of State Chester J. Culver; and Jeffrey W. Cornett, dean of the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa.

More than 300 delegates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia participated in the conference and established the following findings:

1) Civic knowledge and engagement are essential to maintaining our representative democracy;

2) Civic education should be seen as a core subject.

3) Policies that support quality teacher education and professional development are important to ensure effective classroom instruction and raise student achievement.

4) Well-designed classroom programs that foster an understanding of fundamental constitutional principles through methods such as service learning, discussion of current events, or simulations of democratic processes and procedures are essential to civic education.

In recognition of these findings, the Iowa delegation plans to reconvene in November to examine the current status of civic education in Iowa.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sophomores at Northern University High School will host a cemetery walk from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Fairview Cemetery in Cedar Falls. According to Michael Hamilton, an instructor at the school, students have worked with the Cedar Falls Historical Society, gathering information and conducting historical research.

During the event, students will portray influential Cedar Falls citizens who are buried in the cemetery. A student also will explain religious symbols on the headstones. Thomas Connors, UNI associate professor of history, is adviser to the students.

Among those citizens to be portrayed are Malcolm Price, former UNI president; James Hearst, poet and member of the UNI faculty; Sarah Radell, hardware store owner; Homer Seerley, former UNI president; Elizabeth Bancroft, florist; Eva Jones, suffragette; and Frank Cotton, founder of the Cotton Theatre, now the Oster-Regent Theatre.

The event is free and open to the public.

September 23, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets were recently among 4,093 cadets from across the nation who attended the National Leadership Camp (NALC) in Fort Lewis, Wash.

The cadets participated in a 32-day leadership development course required for all ROTC cadets to become officers in the U.S. Army. The camp incorporated a wide range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability.

UNI Cadets Erick Eggers from Marshalltown, Joseph Vogel from Dubuque, and Mariah Schweitzer from Grandview, finished in the top five percent within their platoon of 45. Schweitzer had the top physical fitness score in her regiment of 367 cadets and was UNI's only cadet to receive the RECONDO badge. Other UNI ROTC cadets participating in the advanced cadet leadership training were __(NAME)__, from __(HOMETOWN)__.

According to Lt. Col. Robert Stavnes, head of UNI's Department of Military Science, NALC is the single most important training event for Army ROTC cadets and National Guard officer candidates. 'The camp challenges were rigorous and demanding, both mentally and physically, and tested intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and stamina,' he said. 'These challenges provide a new perspective on an individual's ability to perform exacting tasks and to make difficult decisions in demanding situations.'

Since its inception in 1916, ROTC has provided the Army with more than 500,000 lieutenants. ROTC graduates, from 272 universities and colleges nationwide, enter the active Army, Army Reserves and National Guard each year as second lieutenants. ROTC programs produce 70 percent of the Army's lieutenants annually.

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The First Cultural Fair/Powwow, presented by the University of Northern Iowa Native American Student Union, will take place during UNI Family Weekend, Friday, Sept. 26, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Saturday, Sept 27, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., in the UNI West Gym.

Friday and Saturday festivities will include scheduled dance competitions for various ages and genders, arts and crafts, and a variety of cultural foods.

'The fair is an opportunity to share community and learn about the Native American culture through cultural dance and a display of costumes,' said Catherine Zeman, assistant professor of health promotion and education, and director of Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) at UNI.

Grand Entries of the dancers will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, and at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, to honor native colors, present flags and recognize participating tribes/clans.

The fair is jointly sponsored by UNI's Native American Student Union, Center for Multicultural Education, UNI Student Activities, College of Natural Sciences, Office of the Vice President for Educational and Student Services, Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center, Graduate College, Department of Military Science, Office of Financial Aid and Global Health Corps.

T-shirts will be for sale throughout the fair. For more information and to purchase tickets contact Loretta Dominguez at (319) 273-3858 or Catherine Zeman at (319) 273-7090, or by e-mail, at

September 22, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The annual Alliant Energy Iowa Electrathon Race will be Saturday, Sept. 27, at the University of Northern Iowa's B parking lot across University Avenue from the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

This electric car endurance contest promotes energy efficiency and demonstrates the viability of cars powered by electricity, according to Patricia Higby, energy educator at UNI's Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE). Teams from more than a dozen Iowa high schools and one community college, along with teams from Florida, Nebraska and Wisconsin, designed and built one-person electric cars that will compete in heats at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Each heat lasts one hour, and teams are judged on the best of the two heats.

Teams will compete within one of three divisions, new to this year's race. Division 1A (Pioneers and Part-timers) will be new teams or schools with no resources. Division 2A (Limited) limits competitors to spending no more than $2,500 on their cars. Division 3A (Advanced or Unlimited) teams can spend more than $2,500 per car.

Registration and check-in begin at 8 a.m., along with safety inspection and best car evaluation. Braking/maneuverability tests begin at 9 a.m., followed by hot laps at 11 a.m., driver meeting at 11:30 a.m. and the opening ceremony at noon. An awards ceremony will wrap up the day at 3:45 p.m.

Each team must raise funds, obtain donated equipment, handle public relations and report on their progress monthly. School districts or schools with teams in the race are Bayfield (Wis.) Schools, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Cedar Rapids Prairie, Elkhorn (Neb.), Forest City High School, Manson-Northwest Webster, North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Ogden High School, Perry High School, Pomeroy-Palmer, Real World Education in Waverly, Santa Rosa (Fla.), Sioux Central Community School, St. Ansgar and Waukee.

Amy Fitzpatrick, UNI senior communication major from Storm Lake, is the 2003 Iowa Electrathon race director. John Paar, UNI freshman teaching major from Cedar Falls, is the assistant race director.

The event is sponsored by Alliant Energy, the UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education, the UNI Industrial Technology Center and the Iowa Energy Center in Ames.

September 21, 2003 - 7:00pm


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Family Weekend kicks off at the University of Northern Iowa on Friday, Sept. 26, with events throughout the day and a viewing of the planets and stars at the UNI Hillside Observatory at 8 p.m.

Events on Saturday, Sept. 27, include college open houses from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Panther Style Show at 2 p.m. on the UNI-Dome East Plaza, free root beer floats at 2 p.m. in the Piazza at Redeker Center, and the Family Feast Tailgate from 2 to 4 p.m. on the UNI-Dome East Plaza as well. Cost for the tailgate is $7 for adults and $3 for children under 11. Following the tailgate, the UNI Panthers will host Northwestern State at 4:05 p.m. in the UNI-Dome. During the tailgate and half time of the game, Cedar Falls senior Matt Harris and his family will receive UNI's Family of the Year award.

Dinner will be served in UNI's Piazza dining center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 5 to 11, and free for children 4 and under. Featured will be T-bone steaks, baby-back ribs, a taco bar and chili.

Barry DeVoll will perform a magic show on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 8:30 p.m. in Russell Hall. The public may attend at no charge.

The weekend closes Sunday, Sept. 28, with a brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Piazza in Redeker Center. Tickets in advance are $5 for adults, $4 for children 5 to 11, and free for those under 5.

For tickets to Family Weekend events, visit, or call (319) 273-3663. For more information about Family Weekend, call the UNI Office of Development, (319) 273-6078, or (800) 782-9522.


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --The Panther Shuttle, a free bus service offered to University of Northern Iowa students and staff, will begin 2003-2004 service Monday, Sept. 29 and will run through Monday, April 12. The shuttle runs from 7 a.m to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The service is offered by Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG), in partnership with the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Since 2001, ridership has increased 58.47 percent, and in December-February, which is typically the peak demand time for the shuttle service, rides per hour approached 44, nearly four times the transit system efficiency benchmark of 12 rides per hour, according to Jessica Jobe, NISG director of public relations. She said NISG launched the service in 1997 to increase transportation convenience and reduce parking problems for university students.

This year's route takes approximately one-half hour to complete and a route schedule is available at

The Panther Shuttle is funded by student activity fees, and also in part by NISG, Public Safety/Parking Operations, the Department of Residence, and other area supporters. To ride the shuttle, students must present a current UNI ID.


UNI professor co-authors first-ever global index on media bribery

Media around the world came under increased scrutiny recently following the release of the first-ever 'International Index of Bribery for News Coverage,' co-authored by Dean Kruckeberg, professor of communication studies at UNI, and Katerina Tsetsura, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at Purdue University.

The index is the first comprehensive study to rank 66 nations for the likelihood that print journalists will seek or accept cash for news coverage. According to the index, bribery of the media is most likely to occur in Bangladesh, China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam. 'Cash for news coverage must be viewed as a threat to civil society because it attempts to control people through the manipulation of information,' said Kruckeberg. 'Public relations practitioners and journalists alike need to take leadership roles in eliminating this unethical practice.'

The complete study is available at


Dean Kruckeberg, professor of communication studies, (319) 273-2501, (319) 266-5842,

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

UNI students give two thumbs up to two-year residence plan

The new 2-Year Advantage at UNI, a residence-hall plan that allows students to lock in the same dining/housing rate for two years, is a hit with students. Robert Hartman, director of residence, said the university hoped to sign up at least 300 students by the beginning of the fall semester, but exceeded that number by more than 150. 'The immediate benefit is that it helps families budget for the cost of higher education,' said Hartman. 'The true and lasting advantage comes with the benefits students gain from a multi-year experience in residence hall communities.'

Residence hall rates at UNI -- and the other regent institutions -- have risen steadily since 1988. In 2003, the rate increase was $278, or nearly 6 percent. Hartman believes the 2-Year Advantage plan will, ultimately, help control costs in the future. 'Having more residents on campus builds stronger communities, improves our efficiency and makes it possible to keeps costs down for all residents,' he said.


Robert Hartman, director, Department of Residence, (319) 273-7438,

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

Intuitive eating-- rejecting the diet mentality

Approximately 95 percent of diets do not work. There is no product with that high a failure rate that people would purchase, says Joan Thompson, health educator with the University of Northern Iowa's Wellness and Recreation Services. She will teach a workshop on 'intuitive eating' (IT) later this fall, that advocates rejecting the diet mentality and the damage it can cause. 'Intuitive eating is trusting yourself to respond appropriately to hunger and learning how to stop eating when satisfied,' says Thompson. 'This way of eating focuses on nurturing your body rather than starving it.'

The workshop will be based on 10 principles outlined in the book 'Intuitive Eating,' written by two registered dietitians. They assert that dieting does a lot of damage and that eaters need to 'make peace with food' and respect their bodies.

'IT means letting go of some old ways of thinking and challenging many of the messages our society presents,' says Thompson.


Joan Thompson, health educator, UNI Wellness and Recreation Services, (319) 273-2198 (office); (319) 273-6275 (department office);

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Rock artists Nickelback, Trapt and Three Days Grace will be in concert Sunday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the UNI-Dome. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Nickelback was the No. 1 most played Rock artist of the year across all radio formats in 2002. Their album, 'Silver Side Up,' featured the hit song,'How You Remind Me,' 2002's No. 1 most played song, and two additional No. 1 songs, 'Too Bad' and 'Never Again.' The band will release a new CD, 'The Long Road,' Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Both Trapt and Three Days Grace are up-and-coming bands with debut albums out. Trapt has released singles off their self-titled album, with 'Headstrong,' reaching no. 12 on the Alternative R&R Charts and 'Still Frame,' reaching No. 15. Three Days Grace reached No. 20 on the Alternative R&R Charts with the first single off their debut album, '(I Hate) Everything About You.'

Tickets are $21 for UNI students and $26 for the general public, and will go on sale at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1. Tickets can be purchased at all UNI ticket outlets, or by calling (319) 273-DOME, (319) 273-SHOW, or (319) 273-6381 or visiting The concert is sponsored by the UNI-Dome.


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,