News Release Archive
October 29, 2002 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The women's studies program at the University of Northern Iowa recently presented the Lynn Cutler Leadership award to sophomore Courtney Clausen. The award includes a $100 check and certificate. It is presented to a women's studies minor who has shown excellence in leadership on campus.
The daughter of Jane Clausen, 2801 W. 38th St. Sioux City, and a 2001 graduate of Sioux City West High, Clausen is a sociology teaching major and a women's studies minor. She is a chair of the Gender Equality Association (GEA); a frontline first response mentor, offering information to students who have been abused; a State of Iowa Sexual Assault advocate for Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE); and a women's studies mentor coordinator, working with high school students on gender equality.
Clausen's sister Andrea, is a UNI graduate and also was a women's studies minor involved with GEA.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A University of Northern Iowa student recently returned from Cape Town, South Africa. Paul Emerick, a senior general studies major from Pella, is a member of the 2002 Collegiate All-American Rugby traveling team.
The trip consisted of three matches played in eight days. The first match was played Sept. 22 against Peninsula Technikon, where the U.S. team earned a solid victory. However, the U.S. team went up against the University of Stellenbosch on Sept. 26 and was defeated. The U.S. team won its third and final match against the University of Western Cape on Sept. 29.
Emerick also was a member of the 2001 Collegiate All-American Rugby team that competed last fall in Dublin, Ireland. In addition, this past summer he played for the USA Rugby team, nicknamed the 'Eagles 15,' where he competed for the U.S. on a seven-week European tour.
October 28, 2002 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six University of Northern Iowa public relations students were recently elected as officers for the student run public relations firm, Public Relations Interns Develop Expertise, or PRide, for 2002-2003.
The group's purpose is to provide students practical experience similar to the workplace environment, while providing public relations counsel to community organizations
The executive board consists of six members that serve as liaisons between the student firm and its clients. The group has 30 members and 17 accounts. Clients this year include Waterloo Community Schools, Conestoga Council of Girls Scouts, the Wesley Foundation and the Memorial Foundation of Allen Hospital.
Teresa Kulow, PRide president, is a senior public relations major and journalism minor from Mediapolis. She manages the firm's operations and is in charge of finding new clients, developing the annual business plan, and maintaining client contact.
Robin Madsen, a senior public relations major from Audubon, is the vice president. She helps oversee the firm and supervises account executives.
Joann Schinstock, a senior public relations major from Mount Pleasant, is the administrative assistant. She is in charge of keeping and posting minutes for all meetings, and assists the president.
Angela Greiner, a senior public relations major with journalism and marketing minors from Brighton, is the editor of the PRogressor, a newsletter for UNI students and area businesses. Her responsibilities involve production, layout and editing.
Emily Rudin, a senior public relations and journalism minor from Sioux City, is the vice president of administration. Her duties involve managing finances and preparing annual plans and budget for the organization.
Jackie Wilson, a senior public relations major from Waterloo, is the public relations director. She is in charge of publicizing PRide in the community, contacting prospective clients, and working on fund-raising projects and special events.
The PRide academic advisor is Gayle Pohl, APR, UNI professor of communication studies.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a performance by the U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.
The band, stationed at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, is a 60-member unit whose repertoire includes jazz, country, rock, contemporary and classical. Its various musical components perform more than 450 concerts annually, touring extensively through the country.
The Heartland of America Band has received four Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, and three Organizational Excellence Awards. The band holds the distinction of being the only Air Force musical unit to have been deployed throughout the entire area of responsibility in support of troop morale during Operation Desert Shield.
There is no charge to attend the concert.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance convention November 2-3. Members will attend seminars at Malcolm Price Laboratory School and the UNI Wellness/Recreation Center.
Presentations will address early childhood movement activities, dance and other physical education activities, as well as the National Association for Sport and Physical Education standards for physical activity of children from birth to five years of age. The National Program for Playground Safety will discuss safe supervision on school playgrounds. Speakers include several national teachers of the year. Members will be eligible for graduate credit and licensure renewal credit.
Lori Smith, instructor at Malcolm Price Laboratory School, is the IAHPERD president-elect as well as the 2001 Elementary Physical Education teacher of the year.
For more information, call (319) 273-2558.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The '2002 Department of Art Faculty Exhibition,' originally scheduled to open Friday, Nov. 1, in the University of Northern Iowa's Gallery of Art, has been postponed to a date to be announced. The opening reception, set for 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4, in the Kamerick Art Building lobby, has also been postponed.
A water valve in a mechanic's closet burst Sunday morning, causing water to flood the entire first floor in the building's south wing. The gallery, the art auditorium and the Department of Art office were among areas affected.
Darrell Taylor, acting director of the UNI Gallery of Art, said he has posted a notice on the gallery's Web site about the delay in the opening and will update it as more information is available. For more information, call (319) 273-6134, or visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Educators in Iowa can earn graduate credit and learn more about 'Forests in a Changing Climate,' by registering for one of three conferences presented by University of Northern Iowa's Environmental Issues Instruction program. Teachers will attend a two-part session offered at two locations; in Dubuque at the Days Inn Nov. 22-24 and Jan. 31-Feb. 1; or in West Des Moines at the Walnut Creek Inn on Feb. 7-9, and April 11-12 or Feb. 14-16, and May 2-3.
The program is designed to educate K-12 teachers on the effects of climate change on forests. Topics will address global warming, change by human and natural factors, and their affects on the forest. After the first conference, teachers return to their schools and work with their students to develop lessons based on conference information. During the second session they report on what they learned while working with their students.
'The program encourages elementary, junior high and high school teachers to integrate these environmental issues into their science, math, language arts and other curricula,' said Carl Bollwinkel, project director. 'Using skills for these areas and ecological concepts, participating teachers learn to help their students analyze issues, participate in case studies and determine responsible environmental action.'
For more information contact Carl Bollwinkel, project director, UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education at email@example.com or on the Web at, www.uni.edu/ceee/eii.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --'The Link Between Estrogen, Brain, and Behavior: Why it Matters' will be the topic of the next CROW (Current Research on Women) Forum lecture, at noon, Monday, Nov. 4, in Baker Hall Room 161 on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
Cathy DeSoto, UNI assistant professor of psychology, will discuss estrogen's effects. 'I hope to illustrate how denying the effects of estrogen is potentially demeaning emotionally to women and harmful in terms of health,' she said.
The next program in the CROW Forum series will be Dec. 2, when Karen Mitchell, UNI associate professor of communication studies, and Jana Gymer-Koch, UNI graduate student, will present 'Finding a Voice: Ethnography of the Origins of SAVE Forum Actors.'
October 27, 2002 - 6:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Steve O'Kane, associate professor of biology at the University of Northern Iowa, has been named the Prem Sahai Distinguished Professor for the 2002-2003 academic year. O'Kane will receive a $25,000 award which may be used for summer salary, research support, graduate assistantships, professional travel and other appropriate expenditures. He will deliver a lecture in the spring as part of the award.
The Prem Sahai Distinguished Professorship in the UNI College of Natural Sciences is awarded annually, on a rotating basis, to a tenure or tenure-track faculty member from the departments of biology, chemistry or mathematics, who has shown excellence in teaching and research and who exemplifies distinction in the particular discipline. The professorship was established in honor of the late Prem Sahai, a UNI alumnus, by his family.
A member of the UNI faculty since 1996, O'Kane specializes in the types and diversity of plants. He has discovered and named several species new to science in the course of his research. He holds a Ph.D. in evolutionary and population biology from Washington University in St. Louis. O'Kane has done extensive fieldwork in the western United States, Alaska, Mexico, central and eastern Europe, Russia, Taiwan and Japan.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Foundation kicked off the national phase of its 'Students First' Campaign with special events Oct. 25-26. The highlight of the kickoff was an announcement that the initial goal of $75 million has been reached; a new goal of $100 million has been set.
Bill Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement, said the campaign is expected to be completed by July 2005. More than $70 million of 'Students First' funds will be used for scholarships and academic programs. Funds also will support facilities, including $18 million to build the McLeodUSA Center, a multi-purpose sports arena for basketball, volleyball and wrestling. Other capital projects include McElroy Hall, which houses the Freeburg Early Childhood Program in Waterloo; a human performance center to be attached to the UNI-Dome; renovation of Russell Hall; and equipment for McCollum Science Hall and Lang Hall.
'Our vision is to make UNI the nation's finest public comprehensive university,' said Calhoun.
Joy Cole Corning and Rex Eno, long-time UNI supporters, are co-chairing the national campaign. A former lieutenant governor of Iowa, Corning is an alumna who serves on the boards of nearly one dozen organizations. In 2001, she established the Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series at UNI. Eno is chairman of Aegon USA Life Investors in Cedar Rapids, and chair of the UNI Foundation Board of Trustees. He and his wife, a UNI alumna, established the Rex and Kathy Eno Scholarship Endowment Fund at the university.
October 24, 2002 - 7:00pm
As a rule, people18-24 are less likely to vote than are other voting populations. 'At that age, people have a lot going on in their lives,' explains Tom Rice, head of the UNI Department of Political Science. 'They're starting families or relationships, moving, starting careers, they're in and out of school.' As a result, they focus less on what's going on politically, and more on what's going on personally.
Recently, those numbers have dropped to all-time lows. 'But what's more troubling is that young people seem to be less engaged in the community in general,' says Rice. 'The fact that they don't vote is really just a symptom of the erosion of social capital.'
He says it's pointless to generically encourage voting. 'We don't want people voting because they've been brow beaten into it. We want them to want to vote. But that starts by becoming engaged in your community, and that's what we aren't encouraging.'
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's master's in public policy program will co-sponsor the fifth annual Cedar Valley Conference on Race, 'Bridging the Divide,' from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, at Hawkeye Community College.
The keynote address will be given by Al Vivian, president of Atlanta-based Basic Action Strategies and Information Center Inc. Vivian graduated from Morehouse College and served as an equal opportunity officer for the U.S. Army from 1984 to 1991. He studied at the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon.
Clifton Taulbert, founder and president of the Building Community Institute in Tulsa, Okla., will be the plenary session speaker. The institute is based on the principles outlined in Taulbert's book, 'Eight Habits of the Heart,' USA Today's 1998 choice for book to 'enrich our minds and lives.'
Workshop presenters will be Vivian; Eddie Moore, dean of intercultural life at Central College in Pella; Jim Day, local speech/language pathologist; Lou Porter, director of development for KBBG Radio; and Salome Raheim of the University of Iowa.
Other conference sponsors are the Waterloo mayor's office, the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights, the Cedar Valley Diversity Appreciation Team, John Deere Community Credit Union, KBBG-FM, and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.
Registration fee of $50 is due by Nov. 8. For more information, contact the Waterloo Commission on Human Rights, (319) 291-4441.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The sixth-period 9th grade physics class at Turkey Valley High School in Jackson Junction won this year's Space Week Science Challenge, a contest open to all K-12 Iowa classrooms. The winners were announced October 23 by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium, one of the contest sponsors.
The winning class, taught by Caroline Scheidel, will receive a Meade ETX Astro telescope and a Garmin e-TREX GPS receiver for their classroom and a field trip to the Science Station and IMAX Theatre in Cedar Rapids. The teachers at Turkey Valley High School won an in-service training session and curriculum materials from the Iowa State University Extension Service's Science, Engineering and Technology team.
Meade ETX Astro telescopes also were awarded to the top classroom entries in two other categories. The 2nd-3rd grade talented and gifted classroom of Marilyn Hawkins at Mount Ayr Elementary won for category K-3, and the 4th-8th grade science classroom of Gary Bottorff at Lansing Middle School won for category 4-8.
Contestants listened to special editions of the Earth and Sky radio program broadcast by WHO Radio in Des Moines during Space Week, October 4-10. Topics included the greenhouse effect, volcanoes, the moon and asteroids. Students then took a quiz based on the radio programs and supporting activities.
Each of the 43 classrooms that entered the contest will receive a classroom space travel kit from Team Encounter. The number of entries for the competition has doubled since last year.
Corporate contest sponsors were WHO Radio and the Earth and Sky radio program. The Iowa Space Grant Consortium is a NASA-supported organization aimed at increasing interest in aerospace education and research. Its academic members are the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and Drake University.
The Oct. 18 voluntary recall of the meningitis vaccine (Menomune) has no bearing on students immunized at UNI's Student Health Clinic.
Sue Courts, director of the clinic, said the recall affects only single-dose vials. 'We use multiple-does vials of the medication,' she explained. Courts noted fewer than 50 students have been immunized at the clinic this year.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa has announced its Student Telecounseling Admissions Representatives (STARs) for the 2002 fall semester.
__(NAME)__ of __(HOMETOWN)__, a __(CLASSIFICATION)__ studying __(MAJOR)__ at the University of Northern Iowa is one of 13 students working as a STAR this fall semester.
STARs call prospective students, as well as admitted students, to talk about student life at UNI. They call Sundays from 3 to 8 p.m. and from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Sara Schuler, UNI admissions counselor and telecounseling supervisor, is the Northern Iowa STARs supervisor.
NOTE: to obtain a listing of the students, please contact the University Marketing and Public Relations at 319273-2761.
October 23, 2002 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Speech Team recently placed first at the 35th annual Sugar Loaf Invitational at Winona State University. A total of 15 schools attended the tournament.
All four UNI students who competed received awards. Danielle Dick, a junior from Dayton, placed first in after-dinner speaking and third in prose interpretation. Sara Gronstal, a junior from Council Bluffs, placed second in poetry interpretation, second in informative speaking and fourth in extemporaneous interpretation. Amy Larsen, a senior from Ankeny, placed first in informative speaking, second in communication analysis, third in extemporaneous interpretation and fifth in impromptu speaking. Larsen also placed second in the overall quadrathon individual sweepstakes competition. Phil Rippke, a junior from Moville, placed third in informative speaking and fourth in impromptu speaking.
Will Major, instructor of communication studies, is the director of individual events. Leah White, assistant professor of communication studies, is the director of forensics. Lucas Messer, communication studies graduate assistant, also is a coach for the team. All three were awarded the Collie Coaches award as coaches of the championship team.
For more information, contact Leah White (319) 273-7200.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS), based at the University of Northern Iowa, has received a two-year federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. This is the eighth consecutive year the funding has been renewed.
Donna Thompson, project director and a UNI professor of physical education, said the grant will provide $550,000 to educate children and adults.
'Each year some 211,000 preschool and elementary children receive emergency treatment for injuries that occurred on playground equipment. We have identified three goals for this year that the grant will allow us to pursue.'
Thompson said the program has the following goals:
ï¾·Educate the public about the importance of playground safety and injury prevention.
ï¾·Assess the impact of environmental modifications of known risk factors on public playgrounds.
ï¾·Promote compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) guidelines and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards at state and local levels.
NPPS was established at UNI in 1995 by a grant from the CDC. Through its efforts, parents, educators, childcare professionals, city leaders and park officials have been given access to current information about playground safety and appropriate playground equipment.
The program maintains a toll-free hotline, 1-800-554-PLAY, to respond to playground safety issues. The program's Web site at www.uni.edu/playground has received more than 1.5 million visits.
Among ongoing services of the program are inter-library loan services of publications and documents from UNI's Rod Library; resource materials for use by organizations and agencies; in-depth educational opportunities through the NPPS Safety School and playground supervision workshops; and a network of professionals who can provide specific information to local communities around the country.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Four faculty members from the University of Northern Iowa recently received Faculty Excellence Awards from the Board of Regents, state of Iowa. They were among 14 regents institution faculty so honored.
The recipients are: Cynthia Goatley, associate professor of theatre; Richard Allen Hays, professor of public policy; Karen Mitchell, associate professor in communication studies; and Clare Struck, elementary guidance counselor at Malcolm Price Laboratory School.
A UNI faculty member since 1991, Goatley received her undergraduate and master's degrees in speech and drama at the University of Arkansas. She received her doctorate in speech communication from Bowling Green State University. She attended a Holocaust conference in Krakow Poland in 2001, received a grant from the Iowa Humanities Board to produce 'Sir Patient Fancy,' and is a twice-awarded Fulbright Program scholar.
Hays has been with UNI since 1979. He received his bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University, and his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of North Carolina. He is the UNI representative to the Waterloo Housing Partnership Advisory Board. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the National Low Income Housing Coalition, and Iowa Coalition for Housing and the Homeless.
Mitchell received her bachelors and master's degrees from Southern Illinois University, and her doctorate from Louisiana State University, before coming to UNI in 1991. She directed 'Extra-Curricular: A Novel of Rape on Campus,' and the 'Vagina Monologues'. She participates in the U.S. Department of Justice grant program to combat violent crimes against women on campus and in the HIV education program sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Struck has been with UNI's Price Laboratory School since 1983. She received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from UNI. She received a certification for advanced training in conflict resolution in education from the National Association for Mediation in Education (NAME), and a certificate for conflict management training from the Iowa Peace Institute.
Halloween, long a holiday for high jinks and hilarity, can become a dangerous celebration when proper safety precautions are ignored, particularly on playgrounds. In Des Moines earlier this year, authorities found sharp metal shards placed strategically at the bottom of a playground slide.
Donna Thompson, director of the National Program for Playground Safety, based at UNI, says there are simple ways for parents and other concerned citizens to ensure safety on playgrounds. She recommends adults assess playgrounds for hazards prior to allowing children to use the play environment. Other supervision tips are available in the Playground Supervision Kit, which consists of a supervision manual, video and safety fannypack.
The kit is available via the Web, at www.playgroundsupervision.org.
October 22, 2002 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will participate in Dubuque's 'Faces and Voices' programming, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Midway Hotel in Dubuque.
The event, a community forum and luncheon, is designed to welcome and find new ways to accommodate immigrant and refugee newcomers to the workforce. Topics will include UNI's immigrant/refugee efforts, demographic trends, employer-specific strategies, and the New Iowans program.
Robert Koob, UNI president, will offer introductory remarks. Mark Grey, professor of anthropology and director of the New Iowans Program, will moderate. He also will discuss demographic trends. Panelists for the event are Anne Woodrick, co-director of New Iowans and an associate professor of anthropology; and James Hoelscher, business and community outreach coordinator of the New Iowans program.
'Immigrants and refugees will be needed to make up for pending shortages of resident workers in Iowa,' explained Grey. 'So successful integration of these populations in our workplaces and communities is essential to ensure Iowa's long-term economic and social health.
Established at UNI in 1999, the New Iowans program is the brainchild of Grey, who recently authored a book, 'Welcoming New Iowans,' to augment the program. He and co-author Woodrick recently finished a version of the book written just for Christian churches. The two have approached Jewish and Muslim leaders to discuss a version written for those populations. Another is being written, in conjunction with UNI's Global Health Corps, just for health providers; and 'Welcoming New Iowans: A Guide for Managers and Supervisors' recently was published. All of the books are available at www.bcs.uni.edu/idm/newiowans/.
Iowa, for a variety of reasons, has become a settling site for immigrants and refugees. First, says Grey, is the state's meat packing industry, which provides ample employment opportunities. 'Of course, they may come for those specific jobs,' Grey says, 'but they slowly and surely filter out to other kinds of employment. This is important as it demonstrates how our economy is increasingly dependent on them.'
Immigration, says Grey, is a workforce and economic development issue. 'A lot of us have looked at demographics trends and we are concerned. Birth rates are down, and the workforce is aging rapidly. And then there's the painful reminder that 40 percent of the state's college graduates leave the state. We believe that immigrants can make up for part of the shortfall.'
For more information, contact Mark Grey, director of the New Iowans program, (319) 273-6496.
October 21, 2002 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art will present the 2002 Department of Art Faculty Exhibition, Nov. 1 to Dec. 2. The opening reception begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, in the Kamerick Art Building lobby. The exhibition is a formal presentation of art media in painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, photography and installation.
This year marks the department's 95th anniversary.
'Presenting faculty work for critical attention is one of the principal functions of an institution devoted to teaching. This faculty is charged with the difficult and rewarding task of producing art as well as training young artists,' said Darrell Taylor, the gallery's acting director.
The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The gallery will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 1.
The gallery is located at the corner of Hudson road and West 27th street on the main floor of the Kamerick Art Building. For more information, call (319) 273-3095 or visit www.uni.edu/artdept/gallery.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Women's Studies Program and the Iowa Women's Foundation will present Title IX advocate, Christine Grant and her program, 'After 30 years, Title IX is still a current issue,' at 7 p.m, Tuesday, Oct. 29 in Seerley Hall, Room 115. UNI faculty and students will also speak about their experiences with Title IX.
Grant is a former University of Iowa women's athletic director. A native of Scotland, she graduated from Dunfermline College of Physical Education in 1956. Before joining the University of Iowa in 1969, she coached and played field hockey in Scotland and Canada. Grant received her bachelor's degree in physical education as well as a master's and doctoral degrees in sports administration from Iowa.
In addition to authoring many articles on women in sports, and reviewing collegiate athletic programs, Grant has provided expert testimony in many landmark sports discrimination lawsuits and presentations on Title IX and gender equity throughout the country.
Preceding Grant's speech will be a potluck dinner in Baker Hall, Room161 at 5:30 p.m. The public may attend both events at no charge.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center is sponsoring a workshop to discuss the legal aspects of a 'closely held business', at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the UNI Regional Business Center, 212 E. Fourth St. in Waterloo. The featured presenter will be Sam Kreamer, an attorney from the Des Moines firm of Dreher, Simpson and Jensen.
The presentation will discuss the various legal aspects of owning and operating a small business. Topics will include preventing legal cases and what to do if sued, getting the most out of your lease, and communicating with bankers.
Advanced registration is required. The deadline is Nov. 4. To register for this free workshop, call (319) 273-7350 or e-mail Katherine.firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available at www.jpec.org.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¾– The University of Northern Iowa has announced its fall 2002 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 events, including the Panther Recruitment Team, New Student Bash, Family Weekend, Homecoming, and leading campus tours.
To maintain membership as an Ambassador, students must hold a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. The ambassadors must attend meetings twice a month, conduct weekly tours, serve on one 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 Alumni Association, and the UNI Office of Development and Foundation.
Sara Schuler, UNI admissions counselor, and Connie Hansen, UNI campus visits coordinator, 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 listing of the students, please contact the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at (319)273-2761.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Three University of Northern Iowa faculty members were honored for outstanding teaching, research and public service earlier this fall.
Receiving awards were Michael Shott, professor of anthropology, the Class of 1943 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching; Sandra Alper, head of Special Education, Donald N. McKay Faculty Research Award; and Mark Grey, professor of anthropology, the Ross A. Nielsen Professional Service Award. Each received $2,000.
Aaron Podolefsky, UNI provost and vice president for academic affairs, presented the awards. He described Schott as a professor who stresses the process of learning and the development of critical thinking skills within and outside the classroom. 'He has earned the reputation among students and colleagues as an outstanding and productive scholar and a rigorous teacher. His students consistently describe him as an exciting professor who loves his job and helps everyone understand the material.'
Alper was one of the first in the special education field to address the importance of community-based instruction for individuals with disabilities. As the head of the Department of Special Education, she has directed or co-directed more than $4.5 million dollars in funding for research and demonstrations. According to Podolefsky, 'Her work has made a definitive difference, not only to the discipline of special education but, more importantly, to the lives of people whose value has been, for the most part, essentially discounted.'
Grey came to UNI in 1990 and is best known for his outstanding service to Midwest communities that have been undergoing rapid ethnic diversification as a result of the arrival of immigrant and refugee groups. As the director of UNI's New Iowans program, he has generated more than $1 million in state and federal funding. 'His enthusiasm for working in the field with people at the local level has led many, including Iowa's governor, Tom Vilsack, to seek his assistance,' said Podolefsky.
October 20, 2002 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --John W. Johnson, professor and head of the University of Northern Iowa's Department of History, has received the Thomas Jefferson Award from the Society for History in the federal government. The Jefferson Award was presented to Johnson earlier this year during a ceremony in the James Madison Building of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
The Jefferson Award is given by the society every two years to the author or editor of the 'best reference work on the history of the federal government.' Johnson received the award for the second edition of his more than 1,000 page, two-volume reference work, 'Historic U.S. Court Cases: An Encyclopedia.' Johnson's reference work contains over 200 original essay-entries on court cases in more than 300 years of American history. The essays were prepared by experts on American history and law.
Johnson also received the Jefferson Award in 1994 for the first edition of 'Historic U.S. Court Cases.'
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Grants received by a University of Northern Iowa professor will enable him to continue research on possible survivors of a major mass extinction.
John Groves, assistant professor of geology at the University of Northern Iowa, has received a three-year grant of nearly $50,000 from the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the $8,700 W. Storrs Cole Memorial Research Award for 2002 from the Geological Society of America. The latter award is given annually in recognition of research excellence in the field of micropaleontology.
The money will be used to support Groves' research on whether or not a particular group of microfossils survived a major mass extinction, when almost all life on earth was wiped out, at the end of the Permian system about 250 million years ago. Groves says his research goal is to document which species became extinct and which survived, and then speculate on why the survivors lived.
Groves visited Turkey each of the past two summers in order to collect microfossil samples from the critical rock interval associated with the mass extinction. He explains that the particular phenomenon he is researching is found in a belt extending from Greenland through the Alps, into the Himalayas, and into south China. Rocks above the boundary that mark the event contain few fossils, but rocks directly below the boundary contain a normal amount of fossils. The ACS grant will enable Groves to visit the southern Alps in Italy next summer to expand the geographical range of his collections.
Part of the three-year grant will provide funding for undergraduate research. Currently, junior geology major, Matthew Boyce of Cedar Falls is assisting Groves with the laboratory preparation of the microfossils.
October 17, 2002 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¿½ The Iowa Academy of Education has named Gregory Stefanich, professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Northern Iowa, its newest member. Stefanich is a nationally recognized leader in the field of Science education.
Only individuals who have made significant contributions to educational improvement through research and scholarly activities are considered for membership. Stefanich was nominated by Sandra Alper, head of the UNI Department of Special Education.
Stefanich has authored three books, numerous book chapters and monographs, and published approximately 50 articles in major refereed journals. He has presented his work at conferences throughout the United States and in Europe, Asia and South America. He has served as the director for 17 externally funded grants and has provided assistance in professional development for over 150 school districts, mostly in Iowa.
Stefanich received his doctorate in curriculum and supervision from the University of Montana. He joined the faculty at UNI in 1986.
The Iowa Academy of Education was created and is supported by the First In the Nation in Education (FINE) Foundation to anticipate the information needs of Iowa educators and policymakers and to give increased credibility to educational research.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa ï¿½ The next session of 'Women on Fridays,' a discussion series offered by the University of Northern Iowa Women's Studies program will be at noon, Friday, Oct. 25, in Baker 161. The topic will be 'The History of Women's Studies at UNI.'
The program will continue, meeting the fourth Friday of each month. Topics and dates are:
Friday, Nov. 15, 'Teaching Women's Studies -- What does it mean?'
Friday, Feb. 28, 'Teaching Women's Studies -- What does it mean? (continued)'
Friday, March 28, 'What Can I do with a Degree in Women's Studies? -- Graduates Return.'
Friday, April 25, 'Women's Studies in the Community -- the Community Speaks.'
The discussions, said Susan Hill, director of the undergraduate program in Women's Studies, 'are about creating community through the exploration of history and purpose of Women's Studies in the academy, at UNI and in our community.'
They are free and open to the public. Those attending should bring a lunch; dessert will be provided.
For more information, contact Susan Hill, director of the undergraduate program in Women's Studies, (319) 273-7177.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will host the first of three 'Conversations with the Community,' on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. in the Bertha Martin Theatre on the UNI campus. The series is designed to share with the public Theatre UNI's mission and philosophy on producing theatre within an educational environment.
The subject of the first conversation is the process used to select plays. Participating are Jay Edelnant, professor of theatre, and Karen Mitchell, associate professor of communication studies, artistic director of Interpreters Theatre and director of SAVE Forum Actors.
Theatre UNI is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Strayer-Wood Theatre and 100 years of theater on campus. 'The conversation series was developed to discuss the importance of art and theatre in challenging audiences to examine their personal views, consider their role in society and think beyond their immediate community,' said Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director and theatre publicist.
The conversation series 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 'Pornography: The Double Message,' a documentary exploring the effects of hard-core pornography in society. The film will be shown from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Maucker Union University Room South. A discussion following the film will be facilitated by Mike Bobeldyk, program coordinator at Maucker Union.
Guy Sims, associate director of Maucker Union, 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, sponsored by the Maucker Union Student Activities office, will continue Nov. 20, with 'Spirit of the Dawn.'
The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Guy Sims at (319) 273-2683.
October 16, 2002 - 7:00pm
Earlier this week, Iowa made national news when the bodies of 11 illegal aliens were found in a railcar near Denison. Authorities surmise the individuals were trapped in the car as they tried to come into the country illegally.
Mark Grey, UNI professor of anthropology and director of the New Iowans program, a highly successful effort designed to help Iowans work with immigrant populations, says it will become increasingly important for the state -- and the nation -- to communicate with immigrants and those who want to migrate.
'This tragedy would have been less likely to happen if our nation welcomed immigrants as people first and not just as labor,' said Grey. 'The poverty and desperation that drives so many immigrants to the United States and Iowa, forced these people to risk and ultimately lose their lives. Yet, this tragedy could have been prevented if we had sent a clear message that they are welcomed in our communities rather than forcing them into life-threatening situations.'
Grey and his colleague Anne Woodrick have produced three books about welcoming immigrants to Iowa, one for citizens and community leaders; one for businesses, and one for Christian churches (co-sponsored by Ecumenical Ministries of Iowa). All three are on the Web at: www.bcs.uni.edu/idm/newiowans/
CEDAR FALLS -- A group of 21 elementary and middle-school science teachers from Chile will spend five weeks at the University of Northern Iowa as part of a major education reform effort in that country.
The teachers will be on campus Monday, Oct. 21, through Friday, Nov. 22. During their stay, they will learn about teaching strategies that support active learning in science, as well as physical science lessons and life science lessons that use the same approach. They will observe these strategies being used in classrooms at UNI's Malcolm Price Laboratory School.
C. David Christensen, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, is the program co-director. He said the teachers also will learn methods of teaching science that help the learner build meaning through 'hands-on and minds-on experiences.' UNI instructors for the program are Larry Escalada, assistant professor of physics; Tim Cooney, professor of earth science; Cherin Lee, associate professor of biology, Jody Stone, associate professor of teaching; Leigh Zeitz, associate professor of educational technology; Greg Stefanich, professor of science education; Linda McCartney, adjunct instructor of curriculum and instruction, Carmen Montecinos, co-director and professor of educational psychology; and Christensen.
This is the fifth year UNI has participated in the program, which is funded through a contract with the Chilean Ministry of Education.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- 'Just Living: White Men Challenging Racism,' will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 24-26, by the Interpreters Theatre, in room 40 of Lang Hall at the University of Northern Iowa.
The play is based on the book 'White Men Challenging Racism: Thirty-five Personal Stories' by Harry Brod, UNI professor of religion and director of the University Honors Program; Cooper Thompson, diversity educator in Cambridge, Mass.; and Emmet Schafer, faculty member at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. It was adapted for the stage and directed by Lucas Messer, a UNI graduate student from Danville, and Jana Gymer-Koch, a UNI graduate student from Coon Rapids.
'Just Living' attempts to demystify the role of racism through a series of interviews. Admission is free. For further information, contact Karen Mitchell at (319) 273-2640.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host a conference on ethics, 'Beyond Enron: A Crisis of Capitalism,' from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11 in Lang Hall Auditorium.
Donna Wood, who holds the university's first David W. Wilson Chair in Business Ethics, said the conference will address what many perceive as an epidemic of shady business practices in corporate America.
'The crisis in capitalism -- think Enron, Arthur Andersen, WorldCom, Tyco, ImClone, and so many more -- is deep and widespread,' said Wood. 'Without transparency and good information, how can investors, employees and others trust in our companies? Without trust, can a company, or capitalism itself, survive? What is required to restore and sustain trust in Americaï¾©ï¾ˆs corporations? This conference will address what we as individuals, investors, employees, managers and citizens can do.'
A number of prestigious, well-versed speakers will participate. They are Norm Bowie, Elmer Andersen Professor of Corporate Responsibility, University of Minnesota; Charles Grassley, U.S. senator;
Marjorie Kelly, editor-in-chief, 'Business Ethics' magazine; Robert Koob, president, UNI; Jack Krogstad, former research director of the Treadway Commission, and professor at Creighton University; John Mahon, chair of International Business Policy and Strategy at the University of Maine; John Meyer, senior vice president, controller and chief ethics officer at Sprint; John Sorensen, president and CEO of the Iowa Bankers Association; Tim Throndson, International Tax Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers; David W. Wilson, president and CEO, Wilson Automotive Group in California and Arizona; and Wood.
'We expect an afternoon of lively discussion, resulting in broader and deeper understanding of the problems and possibilities facing a number of stakeholders such as investors, employees, communities and retirees,' Wood explained.
UNI is home to one of the largest and most prominent contingents of scholars in the field of business ethics and responsibility, according to Farzad Moussavi, interim dean of the university's College of Business Administration (CBA). 'We have the obligation and the standing to convene this important conference of discussion and learning about what needs to happen to restore the health and vigor of democratic capitalism,' he said.
Further, as a result of a $1 million gift from UNI alumnus David W. Wilson of Laguna, Calif., the university boasts an endowed chair of business ethics, shared by the colleges of humanities and fine arts, and business administration. James Lubker, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, said the chair, established in 2000, 'enables UNI students to obtain a unique perspective on how ethics guide the decision-making process both in business and in everyday life.'
For more information about the conference, contact UNI's Conferences and Event Services, (319) 273-6899.
October 15, 2002 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Nineteen students from the University of Northern Iowa Department of Communicative Disorders are recipients of awards or scholarships.
Students will be recognized at a reception on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the home of Ken Bleile, professor of communicative disorders and scholarship chair.
Among the students receiving scholarships from the UNI Department of Communicative Disorders are ___(Name)___ of ___(Hometown)___, who received a ___(Scholarship) , valued at ___($ amount)___.
All awards were based on academic merit.
Note: to obtain a listing of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa adjunct English instructor Bill Koch will present 'Walt Whitman Live!!' at 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 23, in Lang Hall Auditorium on UNI's campus.
The show features Koch performing as Whitman, speaking on the poet's major themes, observations of American culture, views on Abraham Lincoln, and experience with the civil war.
He also has performed at the Hearst Center for the Arts, the UNI Museum, the Grout Museum, William Penn University and the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill.
The program is sponsored by the UNI Department of English Language and Literature. The public may attend at no charge.
October 14, 2002 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will observe AIDS Awareness Month with a display of the world-famous AIDS Memorial Quilt Tuesday, Oct. 22, from noon to 10 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Maucker Union Expansion.
Joan Thompson, health educator at UNI, said the eight 12-foot-by-12-foot sections of the quilt feature eight individual panels, each displaying the name of a person who died from an AIDS-related illness. 'The quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic,' she said. 'There has been much complacency about the need for HIV prevention, yet more people are living with AIDS in this country than ever before. That population represents an increasing need for continued HIV education and prevention services.'
In cooperation with the Cedar AIDS Support System, there will be a panel discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in Room 246 of the Schlindler Education Center. Persons living with HIV/AIDS and their significant others will discuss how the disease has impacted their lives.
The events are supported by UNI Wellness and Recreation Services and the UNI Entertainment Committee, with funds allocated by the Northern Iowa Student Government. The events are free and open to the public.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The 17th annual international meeting of the Conference on Medievalism will be Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct.19 at the University of Northern Iowa.
Hosting the conference are Richard Utz, professor, and Jesse Swan, associate professor, both in the Department of English Language and Literature. The event is for scholars in all fields concerned with post-modernism, the study of the Middle Ages and their scholarly and popular influence on Western society.
Speakers will be John Ganim, University of California at Riverside, 'The Afterlife of the Gothic Cathedral: Modernism, Post-modernism and Medievalism in Contemporary Architecture'; William Paden, Northwestern University, 'I Learned It at the Movies: Teaching Medieval Film'; Bonnie Wheeler, Southern Methodist University, 'Post-modernism Meets King Arthur'; and Verlyn Flieger, University of Maryland at College Park, 'A Distant Mirror: Tolkien and Jackson in the Looking-Glass.'
The plenary session of the conference will be in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall. Concurrent sessions will be in Lang Hall.
For more information contact Richard Utz at (319) 273-3879.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa's International Dance Theatre (IDT) recently elected officers.
Elected officers include: Holly Karlen of Polk City, president; Judith Slaikeu of La Porte City, vice president; Jill McGinnis of Urbandale, secretary; Alicia Johnson of Nevada, treasurer; and Shawn Cannon and Joplyn VanHouten of Council Bluffs, NISG liaisons.
The group is open without audition to students, faculty, staff and community members and performs dances from around the world and the United States. They perform four concerts annually, two in the fall and two in the spring.
October 13, 2002 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Global Health Corps will host its International Health Symposium Monday, Oct. 21.
Per Pinstrup-Andersen, the featured speaker, will address attendees at 12:15 p.m. in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall. Past director of the International Food Policy Research Institute and recipient of the 2001 World Food Prize, Pinstrup-Andersen will discuss 'World Hunger and Malnutrition.' The presentation is in honor of Norman Borlaug, the Iowan who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on food security issues.
UNI's Global Health Corps was founded in 1996. Its mission is to improve the health status of underserved and diverse populations through culturally appropriate preventive health programming and applied research on health disparities. Most of the community outreach programming is conducted by UNI students majoring in health-related fields. The program is directed by Michele Yehieli, a UNI faculty
member who specializes in international health.
The event is free and open to the public.
The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, will meet at UNI Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 16 and 17. The following are docket items pertaining to the university, and the individuals who can best address those issues.
UNI Capital Register
Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration and finance, (319) 273-2382
Annual Student Financial Aid Report
Roland Carrillo, director of financial aid, (319) 273-2701
Tuition policies and proposed rates
Renee Romano, vice president for educational & student services, (319) 273-2331
Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-2517
Annual report of the Inter-institutional Library Committee
Marilyn Mercado, dean of library services, (319) 273-2737
Fall Enrollment report
Phil Patton, registrar, (319) 273-2244
Comprehensive fiscal report for FY 2002
Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration and finance, (319) 273-2382
Annual salary report
Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566
Aaron Podolefsky, provost and vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-2517
Annual Regent Merit System Report
Nick Bambach, director, HRS, (319) 273-2423
Institutional agreements, leases and easements
Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration and finance, (319) 273-2382
National Report Card on Higher Education
Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566
Report of the Banking Committee
Tom Schellhardt, vice president for administration and finance, (319) 273-2382
October 10, 2002 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Malcolm Price Laboratory School (PLS) will offer its first Teacher Institute to its faculty, staff and administrators Friday, Oct. 18, 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. We will bring this professional expertise to PLS to share with our teacher education students.'
The Teacher Institute was the dream of Lee Weber, PLS social studies department chair and chair of the planning committee for the event. '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,' Weber said.
For additional information, visit www.pls.uni.edu/pls/teacher_institute/
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two student groups at the University of Northern Iowa will sponsor a forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Room 115 of Seerley Hall.
The History Club and Phi Alpha Theta will discuss the current proposal to launch a military strike against Iraq. Featured will be a panel with the following members: Brian Roberts, assistant professor; Wallace Hettle, associate professor; Richard Broadie, adjunct instructor; Louis Fenech, associate professor; and Donald Shepardson, professor; all in the Department of History.
The event is free and open to the public.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Joe Gorton, assistant professor of criminology at the University of Northern Iowa, is the author of a recently published book, 'Organizational Change, Environmental Uncertainty and Managerial Control in a Large Post Reform American Prison System.'
Gorton's book discusses in depth one of America's largest public institutions, the Texas prison system. Based on first hand accounts, it gives a detailed look at how today's technology has impacted the abilities of prison managers to achieve goals of court-ordered reform.
Gorton, who came to UNI in 1998, received his Ph.D. in sociology from Texas A&M University. His book is being published by the Edwin Mellen Press, an international scholarly publisher of advanced research.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Twenty students from the University of Northern Iowa completed internships this summer in Los Angeles.
Students who participated in the program include ___(NAME)___, a ___(CLASSIFICATION/MAJOR)___ from ___(HOMETOWN)___.
The opportunity was offered to junior and senior students majoring in communication or a related field through a partnership program between UNI and Emerson College in Boston, according to Christopher Martin, UNI associate professor of communication studies.
The eight-week program allowed students to intern in various areas of the entertainment industry including film, television and public relations. While the internships were unpaid, the students did receive college credit for their participation in the program.
For more information contact Christopher Martin at (319) 273-2788.
Note: to obtain a listing of the students, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Public Relations at 319-273-2761.
October 9, 2002 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Global Health Corps has received two grants to meet the health needs of underserved populations in Iowa and abroad.
The first is a two-year $100,000 award from the United States Agency for International Development to provide specialized health education training to community health professionals in Ghana, West Africa. The Global Health Corps is the lead agency on this grant, and will be working in conjunction with the University of Cape Coast and the Ministry of Health in Ghana.
The second grant is an 18-month, $42,000 Sound Partners grant from the private Benton Foundation. Funding will support Global Health Corps, KUNI and Radio Postville/UNI New Iowans Program to produce, record and air a series of multilingual health education programs for new immigrants in Iowa in Spanish, Hebrew, Russian and English. Topics will include infectious disease control, nutrition, chronic disease prevention and weather safety. This project is the only one of its kind in the nation.
UNI's Global Health Corps was founded in 1996. Its mission is to improve the health status of underserved and diverse populations through culturally appropriate preventive health programming and applied research on health disparities. Most of the community outreach programming is conducted by UNI students majoring in health-related fields. The program is directed by Michele Yehieli, a UNI faculty member who specializes in international health.
October 8, 2002 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Yesterday, AFSCME Local 2659, which represents most Merit employees at the University of Northern Iowa, voted to have 27 Merit employees at the university laid off permanently.
This was one of two options put before the union membership to help the university manage the $1.9 million reduction in state budget appropriations that came out of the special legislative session in May. The other was to have Merit employees take 11.5 days of unpaid leave between now and the end of June.
These options were the result of negotiations between the Iowa Department of Personnel and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). From the university's perspective, layoffs were the last resort.
UNI has experienced almost $17 million in budget cuts in two years. Every major budget unit was affected. The university has taken steps to reduce the impact of permanent layoffs by not filling vacancies and by eliminating temporary positions.
In July, UNI's faculty union, United Faculty, voted to delay its negotiated salary increase until Nov. 1. UNI's academic administrators, professional and scientific staff, and others who are not subject to collective bargaining, also agreed to delay their increases. The remaining employee group was Merit employees, consisting of AFSCME and supervisory and confidential staff.
While many UNI Merit employees were willing to delay their negotiated wage increases, or elect to take leave without pay, the majority of the AFSCME employees who voted yesterday determined the final outcome.
'As with all our previous budget cuts, the idea behind both proposed approaches was to preserve quality within the university's core mission of teaching students,' said UNI President Robert Koob. More permanent layoffs may still have to be considered during this fiscal year.
'We are deeply saddened by the need for this action,' said Koob. 'The layoff plan will be sent to the Iowa Department of Personnel for approval. If approved, affected employees will be notified in person by their supervisor and a representative from Human Resource Services to discuss options. Based on seniority, 'bumping' will be an option in some cases. We will do everything we can to assist everyone affected.'
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A director/designers' presentation for 'The Threepenny Opera,' next month's musical theatre production for Theatre UNI, will take place at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
The hour long presentation features director Sandra Walden, a professional singer in New York and a former UNI instructor in the School of Music; scenic designer Mark Parrott, UNI instructor in theatre; lighting designer Eric Lange, UNI associate professor of theatre; and costume designer Amy S. RohrBerg, UNI associate professor of theatre; all speaking on their vision of the production and sharing their research, renderings and models with the audience.
'The presentation will allow the director and the designers to show the audience how the play moved from the written page to the theatrical stage to create the seedy underworld of this wickedly witty musical,' said Jascenna Haislet-Carlson, marketing director and publicist for Theatre UNI.
'The Threepenny Opera' will be presented Nov. 8-17 at the Strayer-Wood Theatre.
The design presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jascenna Haislet-Carlson at (319) 273-6387.
October 7, 2002 - 7:00pm
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Women's Studies program has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The monies will fund continuation of a project that started in 2000 and focused on proactive programming to reduce violence against women. A $500,000 grant started that project.
Annette Lynch, associate professor of textiles and apparel, and project director, says the project is important because it brings together men and women to work on the problem. Incorporated into the project are four separate groups.
Students Against a Violent Environment (SAVE) Mentors is made up of men who work with other men to create a safer campus. SAVE Frontline trains students to be points of first contact for other students concerned about how they are being treated in relationships, who have been raped or sexually assaulted, or who have been harassed or stalked. SAVE Forum Actors is an interactive theater group with a focus on violence prevention. In the final group, SAVE Advocates, specially trained students assist abuse survivors in understanding and evaluating intervention and treatment options.
For more information, contact Annette Lynch, project director, at (319) 273-2114, or visit fp.uni.edu/lynch/save_programs.htm.