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September 25, 2003 - 7:00pm


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,


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

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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.